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Orna Porat, grande dame of Israeli theater, dies at 91

(JTA) — Orna Porat, a German convert to Judaism who became a grande dame of Israeli theater, died at the age of 91.

Porat passed away Aug. 6 in her home, i24 News reported.

Porat won the prestigious Israel Prize in 1979 for a lifetime of achievement in theater as well as Yedioth Acharonot’s Kinor David Prize in 1970, 1974 and 1980.

Born in Germany as Irene Klein, she moved...

Theodore Bikel, Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ dies at 91

By JTA STAFF

(JTA) — Theodore Bikel, an actor and folk singer who was recognized in 1997 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, has died at 91.

Bikel, who won fame playing Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” doing more performances of the role than any other actor, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to...

Helen Mirren honored for educating about Nazi-looted art

(JTA) — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren accepted an award for helping to educate the public about the issues surrounding Nazi-looted art.

On Friday, the World Jewish Congress presented Mirren with its Recognition Award, which honors those working on behalf of the Jewish people, at a ceremony at New York’s Neue Gallery.

Mirren starred in the 2015 film “Woman in Gold,” which tells the story of Maria Altmann, an Austrian-American...

Ron Moody, Jewish actor best known for playing Fagin, dies at 91

(JTA) — Ron Moody, a British Jewish actor best known for playing a character historically considered an anti-Semitic stereotype, has died at 91.

Moody, who played the Jewish criminal Fagin in the stage and film versions of “Oliver,” an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” died on Thursday.

His film portrayal of Fagin garnered an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe award as best actor.

Moody, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants,...